Homemade Dog Shampoo – 3 Easy DIY Recipes
Making your own homemade dog shampoo is easier than it sounds. The best part of making your own doggie shampoo is you get to choose the safe and effective ingredients to use. Whether it is for dry skin, treatment for fleas, or for normal canine bathing, these 3 easy DIY natural pet shampoo recipes got you covered.
Dog Shampoo for Routine Canine Baths
All dogs need to take a bath. The only difference from dog to dog is the frequency of their bathing. A dog that spends most of its waking hours playing in the garden or frolicking in the mud may need more frequent trips to the bath. A canine pet that stays indoors all day long may require baths as infrequent as every 6 months.
There is one thing that every pet owner should know about bathing dogs. They should never bathe more than twice a month. When you bathe your pet, you are removing some of its protective oils. The dog’s skin will try to replenish these oils that it lost through bathing.
The process of replenishing lost oils takes time. Bathing the dog more frequently than necessary can rob its body of the ability to replenish coat and skin oils. That is why one should always observe at least a month or so of bathing. This allows the dog’s body to replace its own oils.
This very simple dog shampoo helps fast-track the replenishing of lost oils. It relies on the ability of coconut oil to provide the necessary medium-chain triglycerides that the skin and coat need. You will also need castile soap. This is a hard soap based on olive oil. It derives its name from Spain’s Castile region. The recipe also calls for lavender essential oil.
Here are the ingredients for this basic all-natural dog shampoo.
- ¾ cup of distilled water
- ½ cup of castile soap
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- 5 drops of essential oil (most people recommend lavender)
Once you have all the ingredients ready, you can combine all of them in a bottle or a glass container. Shake it well. Use this as you would any dog shampoo.
A word of caution. Do not use this dog shampoo recipe on your puppy or pregnant or lactating dog. The essential oil may not be safe to use on these pets. Also, if your pet dog has a pre-existing medical condition, it is advisable to seek your veterinarian’s opinion first. Ask if it is okay to use essential oil on your dog with a preexisting health condition.
If you still want to use this recipe, then you can leave the essential oil out. Use only distilled water, castile soap, and coconut oil. This should make it into a wonderful homemade puppy shampoo. You can also turn it into an organic dog shampoo by choosing organic coconut oil and castile soap made from organic olive oil.
Dog Shampoo for Repelling and Killing Fleas
Flea infestation is a major health concern of dogs. Dogs that stay indoors are still at risk of flea infestation because of the remarkable ability of these parasites to “hitch” onto people’s clothing and other animals. When these people or animals enter the house, they can introduce fleas.
There are many types of flea treatment. Spot-on topical applications are the most common. These are effective in killing and repelling fleas and other parasites for up to 30 days. There are oral medications, too, that can offer flea protection for up to 3 months. Flea shampoos, flea collars, and flea powders are also available.
The only downside to these products is that they often come with very powerful insecticides. When a dog licks its fur, there is a chance that it can ingest some of the insecticides. There are also cases of severe skin irritation and skin discoloration, especially among dogs that receive topical flea treatments. The metabolites in these products can also affect the dog’s liver and kidneys.
Making your own homemade dog shampoo that can repel and kill fleas is a better alternative. You get to choose those ingredients that are safe for dogs, while also tough on fleas. Do keep in mind that their flea-killing effects may not be as apparent as that in commercial insecticides. It would be ideal to use this flea treatment natural pet shampoo in conjunction with other natural flea control methods.
For this dog shampoo, you will need the following ingredients.
- 1 quart of distilled water
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup of nontoxic liquid dish soap, like Dawn (you can also use a mild baby shampoo)
If you are considering making a homemade puppy shampoo to protect your young pets from fleas, you will need to prepare the following.
- ½ cup of distilled water
- ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
- ¼ cup of Dawn or any dish soap with a pH of 7.0 to 8.0
Combine all of the dog shampoo ingredients in a bottle or container. Use this on your pet dog. Allow the shampoo to work its wonders for about 10 minutes. This is enough time to help dislodge the fleas from their attachment. The vinegar can also help kill the parasites. Rinse it well and repeat once.
If you want to repel fleas, here is a recipe that you can use.
- 10 ounces of warm distilled water
- 1 tablespoon of organic castile soap
- 2 ounces of organic aloe vera gel
- 2 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Put all of the ingredients in a container and shake very well. Bathe your pet with warm water. Spray the homemade flea repellent organic dog shampoo on your pet. Make sure to cover every square inch of your pet’s body. Pay attention to hard-to-reach areas. Avoid spraying the solution in the dog’s eyes and nose. Rinse your pet.
Dog Shampoo for Dry, Sensitive, and/or Irritated Skin
Dogs with dry skin often have flaky and itchy skin. The more that it itches, the more intense the scratching. This can cut the dog’s skin and increase the risk of skin infections. Microorganisms can enter the cuts and cause an inflammatory reaction.
That is why there are medicated dog shampoos on the market. They contain ingredients that minimize the intensity of the itching. Some will also dampen the inflammatory reaction and cause a reduction in the severity of the inflammation.
Dry skin in dogs can be due to an underlying medical problem. This can include hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease. In these cases, the dog also presents with brittle hair and patchy hair loss. Other diseases that can cause excessive dryness in the dog’s skin include cancer and autoimmune disorders.
More frequent bathing can also lead to excessive dryness of the dog’s skin. Dry air in cold weather, poor nutrition, and the use of harsh soaps during bathing can all contribute to skin dryness. Allergies are very common in dogs. They can cause dry, irritated, and sensitive skin, too. So do parasites and infections.
To help soothe dry skin your pet dog, you will need an all-natural dog shampoo that can help relieve some of the symptoms. In this recipe, you will need glycerin, neutral pH dish soap, aloe vera gel, and apple cider vinegar.
Glycerin is a very common ingredient in many pharmaceutical and skincare products. This substance is known to moisturize the skin and promote optimal skin health. It can also soothe skin irritation while promoting the more efficient healing of wounds. There are also reports of glycerin having antimicrobial properties.
Aloe vera gel can also help improve the health of the skin. It contains antioxidants and other substances that have antibacterial properties. Aloe vera gel can also accelerate the process of wound healing, at the same time relieve sores. Apple cider vinegar is perfect for soothing irritated skin. It can also aid in the killing of susceptible microorganisms on the dog’s skin.
The combined effects of these ingredients can help relieve dry and irritated skin in dogs.
Here is the recipe.
- 1 quart of distilled water
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar (you can substitute this with distilled white vinegar)
- 1 cup of nontoxic, pH-neutral liquid dish soap or mild baby shampoo
- 2 tablespoons of organic aloe vera gel
- 1/3 cup of glycerin
Combine all of these ingredients in a bottle and use it as you would any other dog shampoo. Do not apply the homemade dog shampoo in your pet’s eyes. Make sure to rinse well.
If you cannot source glycerin, you can make an oatmeal dog shampoo instead. Here are the ingredients you need.
- 1 quart of warm distilled water
- 1 cup of oatmeal, uncooked and ground to a powdery consistency
- ½ cup of baking soda
Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Use this soothing shampoo on your dog. Leave it on your pet dog for a couple of minutes before rinsing.
Bathing your pet dog does not have to entail the use of expensive dog shampoos. You can make your very own all-natural dog shampoo that’s safe and effective for your pet.